Prevent Fraud
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Join forces with
North American Title to
TRUST, BUT VERIFY your
transaction details.
Fraud in a real estate transaction has the potential to affect every participant. The best defense is vigilance and a determination to TRUST, BUT VERIFY when suspicions arise. Here are some critical things to be aware of throughout the process, as well as important safeguards North American Title has put into place.

In addition, the American Land Title Association has recently released a video to help raise awareness about wire fraud. Click here to view: Protect Your Money from Wire Fraud Schemes when Buying a Home.

 

 

 
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HOMEBUYERS and SELLERS

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Know your service providers
  • Make sure you are dealing with licensed, trained professionals.
  • Research service providers, comparing fees and services, including real estate agents, lenders, and title and
    closing services
  • If you feel uncomfortable at any stage of the transaction, consult a financial advisor or attorney.
North American Title has earned Best Practices Certification, offering you the assurance that we adhere to the highest standards in the industry.  
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Protect Your Identity
  • Do not email personal identity information, such as Social Security numbers or account numbers.
  • Do not discard documents with personal identity information: Store in a safe place or shred when no longer needed.
Strict protocols for handling our customers’ nonpublic personal information have been put into place in our 130+ offices. In addition, customers who close with North American Title enjoy access to 12 months of identity theft repair services with the AllClear Guarantee.  
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Be prepared
  • Buyer beware! Research and understand the real estate transaction so you know your rights and are prepared to identify unusual or suspicious circumstances.
  • Always demand a full explanation for any funds requested and ask for signed receipts.
  • Ask questions! Professional service providers are eager to educate and help you through the process. If someone is being evasive, this is a RED FLAG!
 
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REAL ESTATE AGENTS and LENDERS

Know your customers
  • Beware the customer who is making requests for financial arrangement outside the norm.
  • Be suspicious and check out last-minute or unexplained powers of attorney or other unusual authority documents.
  • Elder fraud is on the rise; be aware and sensitive to signs of coercion when properties are being handled by caretakers of the elderly.
  • Question any situation where a client is requesting secrecy or pushing for super speed on a transaction.
North American Title associates have been highly trained in fraud awareness and prevention. Share any concerns you may have throughout the transaction.


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Prevent wire fraud
  • Make sure you use the highest security measures available for your computer and email accounts.
  • Email accounts are hacked every day. If you receive an email purporting to offer new instructions for transfer of funds, get on the phone and verify the changes with your service providers or clients.
  • Be aware of oddities – a client or service provider using a different email address, an oddly worded request, anything that seems out of character or out of step with the transaction – and investigate thoroughly.
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Our title agents and escrow officers have put strict protocols in place for handling all communications and funds. We TRUST BUT VERIFY all requests for information, last-minute changes and fund transfer instructions.
 
Your ultimate protection against fraud is working with North American Title, a Best Practices Certified Company. North American Title Group, LLC and certain of its affiliates (North American Title) have received a Certificate of Compliance from Aprio (formerly HA&W) through its ComplianceSuccess® program. The certificate attests that Aprio has examined North American Title’s title insurance and settlement practices and concluded, in its opinion, they comply in all material respects with the American Land Title Association® (ALTA) Best Practices framework.

   
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